Course lecturer: Dr. Barbara Hogenboom
Tel./mail 020 525 3383 /
Period: 31 October – 19 December
Time: Tuesday 13:00 – 16:00 hours and Friday 11:00 – 13:00 Course load: 6 EC

BA 2. Politics and Protest in Latin America

Latin American politics are a puzzling field of academic study. On the one hand, political discourses and antagonisms are usually very outspoken, be it from activists or from presidents.

Similarly, shifts of regimes and policies seem to have been more extreme than in other parts of the world, as in the case of both neoliberalism and 'socialism of the 21st century'. On the other hand, political institutions and practices are also heavily influenced by undercurrents that are less visible yet powerful, such as corruption, a lack of trust and loyalty, and weak citizenship and rule of law.

The course deals with the causes, consequences and limitations of political turmoil and change in Latin America, with an emphasis on democratization, development policy and mobilization around 'old' and 'new' social and political issues, such as poverty, human rights and environmental justice. In order to understand recent events, we also need to look at previous developments. The 'left wave' of the past decade, which is now ceasing, followed after the neoliberalization and democratic transition in the 1980s and 1990s, which was in turn preceded by developmentalist states and dictatorships. In each of these phases, undemocratic political legacies (authoritarianism, elitism, populism), social and economic inequality, politicized state institutions and dependence on foreign capital produced civic discontent and social mobilization as well as initiatives for more participation or autonomy. 

Form of instruction and assessment
During the course, different countries, topics and scholarly approaches are discussed. The course consists of a range of activities: seven thematic lectures, seven country sessions, a literature assignment and an oral presentation by each student, and the viewing and discussing of several documentaries and media reports. The final open-book exam will take place on 19 December from 13:00 to 16:00 hours. There is one resit possible: from 13:00 to 16:00 hours on 23 January 2018.

Hellinger, Daniel C., Comparative Politics of Latin America. Democracy at Last? Second edition. Routledge, 2015

Registration and Participation

UvA Students
Students registered at the University of Amsterdam can register for the CEDLA courses through SIS.

Students registered at other Dutch universities
BA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register as a guest student Spanish Language and Culture (‘bijvakstudent Spaanse Taal en Cultuur’) at the University of Amsterdam in Studielink.

MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.

Persons who are interested in our courses, but are not registered as students at a university, may participate in some courses under certain provisions. Those interested, should provide the secretariat with some information on their background, their background knowledge and their special interest in taking the course. Non-students can register for the courses through our digital registration form

The cost of a CEDLA Bachelor course is €40.00 per credit, the Master courses cost €60.00 per credit. The amount due should be transferred to IBAN number NL51INGB0004990722, and made payable to Centrum voor studie en documentatie van Latijns Amerika, Amsterdam. Please make sure you also give your name and the title of the selected course with your payment transfer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.

Telephone: +31 20 525 3498

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